DAF Vice Chair (Chapters Liaison); DAF-Toulouse Member-At-Large

  • published A New Yorker for the ERA in ERA Stories 2021-03-17 12:15:59 -0400

    A New Yorker for the ERA

    My mother aspired to be a doctor—but as an undergraduate at Northwestern just prior to World War 2, she was discouraged, because of her gender. America lost a great doctor. However, some 70 years later, her granddaughter, graduated from Georgetown Medical School and now is a practicing child psychiatrist in Menlo Park. Progress has been made. But one pillar of that campaign for equal rights and equal opportunity—the tent pole that should be at the epicenter--is missing from our Constitution. And that is the Equal Rights Amendment. Women--and people across the gender spectrum--still face discrimination. Official recognition of our equal rights deserves to be enshrined in our nation’s founding document. During my career in New York broadcast news, I benefited from the women’s movement of the seventies, which campaigned against widespread discrimination against women in the media. Barbara Walters was hired as the first evening news anchor—and the optics required that she have at least one woman writer on the network news staff—and that was me. But at various times in my career I bumped up against overt and disguised sexism--and finally crashed out of ABC News, with a concussion from repeatedly banging my head against the glass ceiling. The USA likes to portray itself as a world leader—yet we lag behind many other nations that already have constitutional guarantees for equal rights for women. The U.S. Constitution reflects the attitudes of its era—written entirely by white, privileged men. Our founding document needs to evolve to meet the social and cultural realities of our time—and more concretely to provide essential support for litigating sex discrimination cases in the courts. Under the last administration, we witnessed an intensified backlash against the advancement of women’s rights. We must now move forward now—and the ERA amendment is a key element in the progress, for the sake of our daughters, granddaughters and young women everywhere who have so much to contribute if given a fair chance. Meredith Wheeler lives in France and votes in New York


  • published Tax Seminar for Americans and Chapter AGM in News 2021-03-05 11:19:40 -0500

    Tax Seminar for Americans and Chapter AGM

    TAX SEMINAR AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

     

    SUNDAY, MARCH 7TH AT 5PM CET VIA ZOOM.

    The results of the Leadership Elections will be announced, and the newly-elected members of the Executive Committee will introduce themselves.  The election is underway NOW (March 1 – 6) online.  You should have received an email instructing you how to cast your ballot.

    Along with our Annual General Meeting, we will have a Tax Seminar.

    We have THREE speakers scheduled:

    Rebecca Lammers is the chair of the Democrats Abroad UK Tax Committee and a member of the DA International Taxation Task Force. She is currently working on the first qualitative report for DA on Americans Abroad feelings and perceptions of tax issues abroad. She has participated in three  DA tax "door knocks" on Capitol Hill, bringing our issues and concerns to the ears of members of Congress. 

    Two tax advisors--partners--who work specifically with Americans will also be with us:  

    Aron Epstein (CPA) studied accounting at Cleveland State University and subsequently held positions in public and non-public accounting. In 2009 Aron moved to Israel and has been working full-time in public accounting, international tax and tax planning. Aron has clients all over the world and is expert in international tax challenges, requirements as well as tax treaty issues. Aron has successfully represented clients to the IRS saving them many thousands of dollars in taxes.

    Benjamin Pik (CPA) is a dual French and American certified Public Accountant admitted to practice public accounting both in France and in the US.

    He holds a degree from University Paris Dauphine (France) and from Concordia University (Canada). Prior to opening his own practice, Benjamin worked for eight years in international accounting firms across North America, Middle East, and Europe where he coordinated French and foreign reporting audits, provided advisory services for governance and risk monitoring.  Benjamin is involved with the American ex-pat community in France.

    Benjamin PIK
    US Certified Public Accountant

    Expert-Comptable & Commissaire aux comptes

    7 Rue Theodule Ribot - 75017 Paris
    Mob : 06.27.94.60.17

    [email protected]

    Their presentations will be followed by a Question and Answer session.

    We request a modest donation from members for the tax seminar. Please  contribute at least 10€ to our Toulouse Chapter.

    Thank you!

    WHEN
    March 07, 2021 at 5pm - 7pm Paris Time
    WHERE
    ZOOM
    Toulouse 31000
    France
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  • wants to volunteer 2021-02-05 09:10:09 -0500

    21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

     

    Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Perhaps you wanted to exercise more, eat less, or change jobs? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process. A lot, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy, and leadership is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for equity and justice.

    About the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge 

    • For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity 
    • This plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. Suggestions are in the following categories:

    READ

    LISTEN

    WATCH

    NOTICE

    CONNECT

             

    ENGAGE

    ACT

    REFLECT

    STAY INSPIRED

    TIPS FOR SUCCESS

    • Choose one activity per day to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.
    • Diversify your habits by doing some of each.
    • Use the tracking chart provided here to stay on course. You can download the editable spreadsheet or a PDF for printing.
    • We think understanding white privilege and white supremacy is a powerful lens into the complexities of doing social justice work, so we’ve focused our resources on that specific issue.
    • Check-in with us on Saturday, February 20th, and Sunday, February 28th!  We'll email you with the precise times and meeting information.

     

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  • donated via 2020-08-30 12:06:58 -0400

    Join Mayor Eric Garcetti and

    Support Democrats Abroad's Global Campaign to

    "Reach the World"

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    Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States. Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot. We are phoning members, running social media ads, and mailing potential voters in order to win in November.

    And our Get Out the Vote campaigns work. In 2016, the number of Americans abroad who voted was 50% higher than in 2012 and in 2018, the number of civilian voters tripled compared to 2014.

    We CAN make the difference, but we need YOUR help. Please make a donation today to fund our Global Get Out the Vote campaign.

    Make a donation on the left side of the page.

    Donations are made to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office. Donations to Democrats Abroad are not tax-deductible.

     

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  • @MeredithWheeler tweeted link to Susan Rice Donations. 2020-07-23 07:59:51 -0400

    Join Susan Rice and

    Support Democrats Abroad's Global Campaign to

    "Reach the World" 

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    Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States. Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot. 


    We are phoning members, running social media ads, and mailing potential voters in order to win in November.


    And our Get Out the Vote campaigns work. In 2016, the number of Americans abroad who voted was 50% higher than in 2012 and in 2018, the number of voters tripled compared to 2014.


    We CAN make the difference, but we need YOUR help. Please make a donation today to fund our Global Get Out the Vote campaign.


    Donations are made to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.

    Donations to Democrats Abroad are not tax-deductible.

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  • donated via 2020-06-08 14:51:04 -0400

    Join Howard Dean and

    Support Democrats Abroad's Global Campaign to

    "Get Out the Vote"

    Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States. Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot. 
    We are phoning members, running social media ads, and mailing potential voters in order to win in November.
    And our Get Out the Vote campaigns work. In 2016, the number of Americans abroad who voted was 50% higher than in 2012 and in 2018, the number of voters tripled compared to 2014.
    We CAN make the difference, but we need YOUR help. Please make a donation today to fund our Global Get Out the Vote campaign.

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    Donations are to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.
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  • donated via 2020-05-22 14:21:33 -0400

    Join Robert Reich and

    Support Democrats Abroad's Campaign to

    "Call the World"

    Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States, Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot. 

     

    DA members from across the globe will be calling voters to secure their ballots but they need your help: giving today guarantees that we have the resources we need to win at the state level, take back the Senate, and remove Donald Trump in 2020. Give today!

     

    Any questions about Democrats Abroad Call the World, please contact [email protected]

     

    Donations are to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.

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  • Former Toulouse Chapter Chair now Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad France

    In the country committee elections this month, former Chair of Democrats Abroad Toulouse, Meredith Wheeler, was elected to the role of Vice Chair of DAF, specifically charged with Chapter Liaison.

    Meredith remains on the local Toulouse Leadership group too--and indeed she was one of the founding members of the chapter in 2003 (we're celebrating our 15th anniversary). 

    Her first opportunity to cast a vote as a member of the DA France team came last week in Washington D.C., at the Global Meeting of Democrats Abroad. She was part of a large delegation of DA France members who attended, led by the new DA France Chair, Ada Shen.

    Here's the entire delegation: Front row--Meagan Lopez (Vice Chair of the Paris Chapter), Ada Shen (Chair of DA France), Meredith Wheeler (Vice-Chair, DAF)  Back row--Salli Swartz, Alex Rehbinder, Kaitlin Hickey, Joe Smallhoover (International Counsel for DA); Connie Borde (DNC member representing DA).


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  • donated via 2020-10-25 10:37:24 -0400

    LET'S CONTINUE THE FIGHT

    MAKE A DONATION TODAY

    Make a donation using the form on the left or join our sustaining donors Margin of Victory Club.

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    Every dollar you give supports our work to elect Democrats who will fight to make a better life for ALL Americans.   Join us by making a donation today.

    Julia Bryan, Chair - Democrats Abroad

    We need Democrats like you to commit to Democrats Abroad - your Democratic Party for overseas Americans. Contribute to Democrats Abroad today and help us register Americans all over the world for the 2021 and 2022, reach out on issues that concern you and build a brighter future for our country and the world. With your help, we can make the difference. We did it all over the country in 2018! And we MADE the difference in 2020! And in Georgia in 2021! And we will continue to fight for Democratic victories and for issues that our members care about!

    If you are unable to contribute online, send us a US Dollar check with this form to the following address.

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  • donated 2016-02-01 15:05:39 -0500

    DA Donkey Design

    Thank you for joining the DA Donkey Design Challenge!

    Help decorate the Democrats Abroad donkey by donating on behalf of your country. Top donating countries win a featured spot on the decorated donkey.  

    Best of all, proceeds go to our Get Out the Vote campaign for the 2016 elections with 50% of every dollar donated available for Get Out the Vote activities in YOUR country. So everyone is a winner. 

    Donkey Days closes on January 28th and we'll announce the results January 31. The donkey will make its premiere at the Democratic National Convention in July.

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Vice Chair, DA France and founding member and ExCom member of the Toulouse Chapter--Votes in Manhattan, born and raised in suburban Chicago, Stanford alumna